Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/10/2005
This Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 10, 2005 with reports of Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, PACIFIC LOON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued this week at Sandy Hooks Horseshoe Cove, seen Mar 7. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found at North Pond Mar 6-7. Other migrants at the hook this week included 1-4 BLACK VULTURES, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and large flocks of blackbirds. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The PACIFIC LOON was reported again at Manasquan Inlet Mar 7; please report any sightings of this bird. A RAZORBILL was found at Manasquan Inlet Mar 6 and the drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again at Point Pleasant's Little Silver Lake (DeLorme P. 51, F-16) the same day. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued this week at Allaire State Park, often sighted in the historic village.

Barnegat Light State Park had 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 4 COMMON EIDERS Mar 5.

Birds noted at Brigantine NWR this week included a Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS along the south dike, and numbers of displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCKS.

Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR through Mar 7; two are near the heronry and another frequents a large dead tree near the friends house.

Approximately 100,000 SNOW GEESE were on Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 7.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Mar 5 at the intersection of Rtes 640 & 615 in Layton (DeLorme P. 18, I-11). Also in Sussex County was a CACKLING GOOSE on the Pequest River in Tranquility. From the intersection of Rtes 80 & 517 in Allamuchy, take Rte 517 north and turn left on Rte 611/Kennedy Rd. Where 611 crosses the Pequest turn right on Creek Rd. The goose was just upstream from the bridge.

Five BALD EAGLES and 2 COMMON RAVENS were noted in the Delaware Water Gap NRA Mar 9.


See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch begins March 15 at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to Parking Area K. Join this years counter Adam Perry anytime between 9-5 for a look at what birds are winging their way past the watch.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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